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  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Creating unique filenames in a batch file

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    Someone today was asking how to create unique filenames. They had some process which ran in a loop, and they wanted to direct the output of that process to a file, but rather than always overwriting the same file, they wanted to keep history using distinctive...
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Two quick file-manipulation scripts from the vault

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    There are a couple of scripts that have been with me since the beginning of time. I don't use them that much anymore, but they occasionally come in handy. I'm always pleasantly surprised to find that I still have them when I need them. One makes files...
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Typos vs. muscle memory

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    It occurs to me that my mistypings of 'notepad' and 'exit' are probably more the result of muscle-memory since I type those so often. The mistakes I make are due to one hand hitting its letter before the other (correct) hand hitting its. Just a thought...
  • Krzysztof Cwalina

    PowerCollections Beta Avaliable

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    The beta release of the PowerCollections library has been posted today. See http://wintellect.com/WEBLOGS/pgolde/archive/2005/06/03/1304.aspx .
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Laziness is a virtue

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    Some scripts are complex and do lots of cool stuff. Others are simple and save a bunch of time. I have a couple of scripts which prove to be so useful that I don't know when I'm using them anymore. I tend to type faster than I think (or get my fingers...
  • Toffer's WebLog

    code review standards...

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    Recently I had a bunch of code to check into our source depot, but I'm told that before checking anything in, it ALWAYS must be reviewed. So I sent an e-mail to my team asking for someone to review the code. 2 days have gone by and not a single person...
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Looking through my own toolbox

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    In the beginning, there was DOS. And DOS had batch files - little scripts that ended in .BAT. So, when I started writing and collecting a few useful ones, I created a directory, C:\BELFRY in which to keep my .BATs. Get it? Bats? Belfrey? Oh, never mind...
  • The Far Corner of the EEC

    Quote from "Sharpe's Eagle"

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    We spent three months chained in a cell in India. He had a page of the Bible. In three months, he taught me how to read and write. How can you pay back a man who teaches you to write your own name? -- Richard Sharpe
  • John's Blog

    Which tool for the job?

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    With the advent of Windows Mobile 5.0, and the new developing tools - Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 - the average mobile device developer is going to have a few pain points in the not to distant future. When something like Windows Mobile 5.0 comes along,...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Geek Dinner at Tech*Ed

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    Chris Haaker is organizing a Geek Dinner in Orlando on Monday night . I'll be there. Email Chris or check out his blog if you are interested! gretchen
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Books to have at your fingertips

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    There are a couple of books that I have found to be particularly useful. Whether you're a beginner or you have your black belt in script-fu, you'll find them to be excellent references. Windows NT Shell Scripting is an excellent place to start. Tim...
  • Mark Yocom's Script Tips

    Tools to have in your toolbox

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    The Windows 2003 Resource Kit has a number of indispensible tools. For scripting, the two handiest are sleep and robocopy. Grab these - you'll need them.
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